Harry & Meghan ranks as Netflix's biggest documentary debut

Harry & Meghan was the No. 1 English-language series of the week in Britain. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES – Netflix’s documentary series about Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle racked up more viewing time on the streaming service than any other documentary in its first week, the company said on Tuesday.

The first three episodes of Harry & Meghan recorded 81.55 million viewing hours after its debut last Thursday, Netflix said in a statement.

More than 28 million households watched at least part of the series.

Harry & Meghan was the second-most watched English-language series on Netflix globally between Dec 5 and 11, behind only The Addams Family comedy-drama, Wednesday.

Harry & Meghan was the No. 1 English-language series of the week in Britain.

In the first three episodes, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of disclosures, with Markle recalling her first death threat and Prince Harry talking about wearing disguises to their dates.

The royal family had been bracing itself for renewed criticism since the couple delivered scathing attacks on some members, including Prince Harry’s father King Charles and elder brother Prince William, most notably in an interview in 2021 with television show host Oprah Winfrey.

While the initial episodes contained no new bombshells for the royal family, in the latest trailer, posted on Twitter by Netflix ahead of the release of the remaining three episodes on Thursday, Harry refers to “institutional gaslighting”.

“They were happy to lie to protect my brother, they were never willing to tell the truth to protect us,” Harry later says.

At one point, Markle says: “I wasn’t being thrown to the wolves, I was being fed to the wolves.”

Buckingham Palace has said it would not be commenting on the series.

Netflix said that members of the royal family had declined to comment within the series, but a royal source said neither the palace nor representatives of Prince William or other royals had been approached. REUTERS

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